Society offers up Christmas dinner

Vernon’s Together For Christmas looks after homeless, poor and those alone and lonely on Dec. 25

The ninth annual Together For Christmas dinner and social will be held Dec. 25 from 2:30 p.m. to “whenever the last guest is ready to go” at St. James School. (Photo submitted)

Working as volunteers at a Vernon street clinic, Ron Birch and the late Joe Dorval went for coffee one morning and started talking about Christmas.

The two men reminisced about the holidays and how it was such an important family time, but both realized, through their volunteer efforts, there were those who had nowhere to go on Christmas Day.

It was Dorval who noted that lots of organizations do Christmas dinners but nobody did a dinner for these folks on Christmas Day. The two men started Together For Christmas and hosted their first dinner on Dec. 25.

“When we started, our focus was the homeless and the working poor,” said Birch. “But at the first dinner, there were so many people that were alone or didn’t have family nearby and wanted or needed something to do on Christmas.”

The event continues, and the ninth annual Together For Christmas is set for Monday, Dec. 25, from 2:30 p.m. to “whenever the last guest is fed, happy and ready to go,” said Birch, at St. James School.

“The majority of our focus is still on the homeless and poor, but it’s open to anybody who is alone or lonely. You can be a billionaire or have nothing to your name,” said Birch.

Last year’s event saw the Together For Christmas Society serve 300 sit-down meals in the school, and delivered another 75 to shut-ins who couldn’t make it out.

“We will pick people up to bring them to the dinner,” said Birch. “We have a transportation pool. And, of course, we’ll take them home.”

There is no cost. If you’re interested in the dinner, simply show up. If you need a ride, call Jae at 250-308-9973.

Together For Christmas gets donations from different organizations. All the food is fresh and the menu is the traditional Christmas fare of turkey and ham, mashed potatoes, vegetables and homemade stuffing. Desserts have been made as the society hosted a baking bee to prepare for the event.

“Nothing is store-bought,” said Birch.

After the doors open, there is entertainment throughout the event, and crafts will be done prior to dinner. That includes icing gingerbread cookies made by a society member.

Dinner is served at 4 p.m.

 

Together For Christmas co-founder Ron Birch. (Photo submitted)

Just Posted

Open letter to Premier John Horgan

LETTER: Group called First Things First Okanagan promotes action on climate change

Former mayor Marty Bootsma dies

Cancer claims life of longtime Salmon Arm politician

Flying with hope

BOOMER TALK: Vernon resident writes about being a benefactor of Hope Air

City recognizes national Day of Mourning

City of Vernon to host event Friday, 10:30 a.m., at city hall

Earth Day efforts undertaken in Coldstream

Society to Keep Kal Lake Blue cleans up Coldstream Creek, Girl Guides pick up trash on Silver Star Road

VIDEO: Moose found licking salt off B.C. man’s pickup truck

Tab Baker was in his garage in Prince George when the small moose gave his truck a clean

Kamloops RCMP respond to report of dead body floating in Thompson River

Body has not been located, searches to continue as river conditions improve

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

B.C. student makes short-list for autism advocacy award

Brody Butts honoured for his role as a mentor and self-advocate

Austin Powers ‘Mini-Me’, Verne Troyer, dies at 49

Facebook page confirmed his death Saturday afternoon

Alberta man dead after snowmobile collision on B.C. mountain

The incident occurred on Boulder Mountain Friday morning

B.C. parents grieving teen’s overdose death say it started with opioid prescription

Elliot Eurchuk, 16, died at his Oak Bay home Friday, after taking street drugs

VIDEO: 33 Oliver-area homes evacuated due to flooding

Flooding in the Sportsman Bowl area has swelled drastically over course of one week

16 of 20 fastest improving B.C. schools are public: Fraser Institute

Independent elementary schools remain at top of the chart in think tank’s annual report card

Most Read